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Limestone formations.

Linville Caverns

Field review by the editors.

Marion, North Carolina

North Carolina's only commercial cave has been open for business since 1937. It can be a chilly, wet tour when there's water in the ground, but the moisture is necessary to replenish the caverns' Bottomless Pool with its three varieties of trout. "Custom-designed lighting allows you to appreciate the caverns' splendor." This includes formations such as Wedding Scene and Tobacco Leaves, a popular photo-op.

The caverns are also known for their population of bats. Tours last 35 to 40 minnutes.

Linville Caverns

19929 US 221 N., Marion, NC
I-40 exit 85. Turn north toward Marion on Main St./US 221, then follow US 221 north for 24.5 miles. The Caverns entrance is on left, at the base of Humpback Mountain.
Daily 9 am - 6 pm, weekends only in winter. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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